Fluor was part of a diverse team of engineering, rigging, and construction experts engaged in the highly complex task of planning the safe removal and replacement of the El Segundo Refinery's six aging coke drums. Fluor incorporated detailed activities associated with upgrading the drums, such as selecting and installing nuclear level-detectors. The detectors are radiation-based continuous level measurement systems providing a complete picture of the level of coke as the drum fills while also detecting nuisance X-rays from external operations such as weld examinations.
Fluor's Construction Technology team provided input and feedback into all aspects of the project involving detailed lifting design and crane selection criteria. All lifting attachment designs and lift plans were reviewed for adherence to Fluor and Chevron rigging and lifting standards, as well as those of all other governing entities potentially involved.
The project used interactive planning sessions, safety commitment workshops, cutting-edge technology, and strict scaffolding safety guidelines to complete the undertaking with no serious incidents or lost-time injuries.